Australia East Coast
Australia East Coast
One of the places I am desperate to visit next year on my year abroad is the East Coast of Oz. Boasting almost 18,000km of white sand beaches, surfing opportunities galore, coral reefs and awesome cities it is literally a traveller’s dream. Not only does it host incredible landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and the Whitsunday Islands, it is also home to the most dazzling, untouched beaches.
Whether you want to learn to surf, dive with the wildlife or catch some rays there is really nothing stopping you when it comes to the East Coast. Check out the famous Bondi Beach or travel somewhere more private and exclusive such as Whitehaven beach in north Queensland. If discovering wildlife is more of your thing, have a shot at humpback whale spotting in Hervey Bay or feed the beautiful wild dolphins of Tangalooma and of course you don’t want to miss out on the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef.
Looking further inland, the East Coast hosts incredible lush wilderness such as the Daintree rainforest and the bush land of the Blue Mountains. Why not have a day of hiking or trekking through the wild, Bear Grylls style?
Or if you fancy something more cosmopolitan with a party atmosphere head over to the vibrant city of Sydney or the cultural hub of Melbourne, be prepared to expect the unexpected at all times!
Here are my top seven places to visit:
1. Have a night out in Sydney, check out all the hotties on Bondi Beach and then head to the harbour and embrace in the views of the Opera House and the bridge.
2. Take a tour of the New South Wales wine region in Hunter Valley, indulgence in a variety of wineries and taste the best tipple in Oz!
3. Get in some retail therapy in Melbourne’s City Centre (CBD) and relax afterwards in one of the hundreds of coffee shops that are immersed in the city.
4. Sail out into the crystal clear waters of the Queensland Whitsunday Islands and who knows you might even spot a green turtle!
5. As I’ve already mentioned, you must have a go at diving on the Great Barrier Reef and exploring all the amazing reef and tropical fish.
6. Beginner or advanced, surf in one of the many beaches located all along the East Coast, rumour has it the best waves are up on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and Byron Bay in NSW, but you will have to try them to find out!
7. Finally follow in the footsteps of your prehistoric friends via a trek into the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree in Queensland.